Member Spotlight

Meet Joan Bindel!

Meet (and friend!) Joan Bindel, a NetCommunity and Raiser's Edge user, with the Diocese of Des Moines.
Meet Joan Bindel!

This week's member spotlight shines on BBNC and Raiser's Edge user, Joan Bindel, with the Diocese of Des Moines.

Joan's Community Profile


Where do you live? "West Des Moines, Iowa."

What do you like to do for fun? "I love photography and scrapbooking for relaxing and traveling with my family for fun!"

What’s a life achievement you are particularly proud of? "Aside from the obvious of having two awesome kids, I'm particularly proud of my education, especially my MBA degree."

What’s one memory that always makes you smile? "Any memory that surrounds my grandparents farm makes me smile.  I am the oldest of 24 grandchildren and now 36 great grandchildren.  My grandfather is 90 and you can make me smile by bringing up anything that has to do with our time together!"

What is one interesting fact about yourself most people don't know? "Good question -- I'm a development director who loves to talk and listen.  I'm pretty much an open book.  Most recently, my friends encouraged me to watch Scandal on Netflix and I have to say I'm somewhat addicted and put my home chores aside to sneak in an episode!"

Tell us about your organization: "I work for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Des Moines.  We serve 36,000 households in 23 counties of Southwest Iowa.  The staff is amazing and can work miracles on a small budget.  The community we live in is extremely generous and faithful.  We serve 80 parishes and 16 schools and do it every day with grateful hearts and a spirit of service to others."

What’s a typical day like for you? "Nothing is typical.  I'm the lone development officer, so it may be working with donors by phone or in person, solving an IT issue or implementing a new process to streamline our efforts.  I could be working on an annual campaign, capital campaign or planned gift all in one day.  I might be updating the website, setting up appeals, exporting data, running reports, or in administrative meetings.  I could be on the road traveling, having lunch at the assisted living center with a donor after creating a gift annuity, followed by meeting with a stranger to hear his concerns about the local cemetery -- which has little to nothing to do with my job description.  All in a days work!"

What’s the best part of your job? "The people I work with and the generous donors we speak to daily who help make a difference in our community."
What advice would you give someone starting out in the non-profit field? "Find your passion and dig deep every day to focus on why you do what you do!  Our work is all about others and should always be inclusive and service focused."

What do you love about the Blackbaud Community? "Everyone is helpful and creative in solving issues that are common or not so common."
Finally.. if you were a sandwich, what kind of sandwich would you be?: "Philly Cheesesteak -- bread, beef, and cheese, Yumm-O!!"
Posted by Crystal Bruce on Jan 24, 2018 9:27 AM America/New_York

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Scandal is the best show ever!
  • Posted Wed 24 Jan 2018 09:34 AM EST
I am a Grandpa's girl through and through so I can relate. He's been gone a few years but some of my fondest memories are with him. Thank you for being part of our Community and giving us insight into you world! :)
  • Posted Wed 24 Jan 2018 09:39 AM EST
Another Joan working in a Catholic Diocese who loves Philly it
  • Posted Fri 26 Jan 2018 07:28 AM EST
Lovely to learn more about you Joan.  Are the photos in your spotlight your own work?  I love the last one of the priests on their faces before the Lord!
  • Posted Tue 30 Jan 2018 08:37 AM EST